Osun State governor in Southwest Nigeria has described the death of the Chairman, Board of Directors of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mallam Wada Maida, as devastating.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola says Maida’s death, which occurred on Monday at the age of 70, constitutes a huge loss to his immediate family, the NAN family and journalism in Nigeria.
Voice of Nigeria reports that Maida, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Guild of Editors was also the Press Secretary to President Muhammadu Buhari as a military Head of State in 1983.
He later served as the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of NAN and was also a member of the Board of the International Press Institute (IPI).
Oyetola in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan said Nigeria has lost one of its finest, credible and veteran journalists.
He noted that the late Maida contributed to the growth of journalism in the country.
The governor described Maida’s demise aa a collective loss to the media industry and Nigeria at large, saying he would be remembered for his humility, dedication to work and passionate service to the nation.
Oyetola who commiserated with the family of the deceased, the media industry, the government and people of Katsina State, prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the misdeeds of Mallam Maida and grant him a place in the paradise.
Source: Voice of Nigeria